Fatima's Good Fortune

Authors: Joanne & Gerry Driyansky
Susi Dwiyanti
Penerbit Matahati
Publication Date:
March 2011
Pages: 375

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted

The line above perfectly describes what happens to Fatima, a Tunisian girl who suddenly arrives in Paris. She is in Paris by chance. As Fatima's sister was killed in a sudden accident, her sister's ex-employer summoned Fatima to go to Paris and take over her sister work. As an illiterate foreigner girl in a strange country, Fatima feels lost at first. But by spreading her gentleness, kindness and wisdom, she gradually acquires courage, new skills and a group of friends.

The book was well written. I felt like I was taken on a magic carpet to the sights, smells and flavors of Paris. The writers described life among the Parisian beautifully. There are many unique characters in the book, such as people who live in the apartment where Fatima works, people who visit certain cafe, and many more. Fatima's natural confession ensures her survival and --unexpectedly--bring good fortune for those around her. The book is closed by a sweet ending. Finally it's Fatima's turn to seize her own happiness.

The book was written by New Yorkers married couple who live in paris for the past 20 years. They write everyday in a cafe near the Eiffel Tower, where they are alone every morning with their Siamese computers over a cup of coffee, until the street sweepers come in to hang out for their deserved breaks. Can two people write fiction together? They made it. According to them, they've known each other since they were teenagers that you could say that their heads are in the same computer.

Are you looking for a book that brings warmth to your heart? This is the one.